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Book gives background, suggestions for job hunting

Mastering (and Succeeding with) the Job Hunt

Compiled by Christy Lane.

MasterCard International.

By Ed Kohler

What makes the job search today different from five years ago? How has networking become an important part of finding a job? What's an electronic resume? How do you approach the task of deciding exactly which professional field to enter?

A new book about job hunting in the '90s will help students answer these questions and plan their career path sooner rather than later. Mastering (and Succeeding with) the Job Hunt, published by MasterCard International, includes information, figures and facts on finding a job in today's market.

The book provides background on what professions are "hot," salaries, and researching companies. According to this book, the number of academic majors that are most in demand are those in the fields of science and technology. Biology and biological sciences, chemical engineering, chemistry, civil engineering, computer engineering, computer science, electrical engineering, industrial engineering, and medical technology make up most of the list.

The book also provides helpful hints on not only breaking into our fields, but how much we can expect to earn when we complete school. And when we do finally achieve the position, Mastering (and Succeeding with) the Job Hunt teaches us as students about credit and how to live within our means.

Before we get ahead of ourselves, we need to learn about technological breakthroughs such as sending an electronic resume, as well as buzz words and phrases for personalizing cover letters and resumes. This book highlights the importance of creating and utilizing a network of contacts and references.

I found this book to be useful and informative. It provided me with what Ithought to be crucial information for sending out cover letters and resumes. After reading this book I felt much more comfortable in interviews, and I was a lot more confident of what I said. This book has helped me through the job hunting process, and it has helped me to get several offers.

This book introduced me to many aspects of the job hunt that I was not aware of. The electronic resume and the buzz words associated with good cover letters and resumes were by far the most important things that I learned.

"The '90s job hunt may be very different than it was ten years ago, but there are things students can be doing to prepare themselves," said Nancy Hemenway, vice president of MasterCard International. "As part of our ongoing commitment to help young people achieve their personal and financial goals, this book gives students a multitude of useful information in one source to help them conquer the job search, from people that understand their situation - other students."

This 142-page book began over two years ago when MasterCard sponsored the American Marketing Challenge in which it became obvious that looking for a job is a major concern for college students. Mastering (and Succeeding with) the Job Hunt is written by 10 students from some of the best universities in the United States. These students have already gone through the treacherous job hunt; but with a book like this, we don't have to.